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Austria boss Marcel Koller wary of Ireland threat

Updated: Monday, 25 Mar 2013 13:37 | Comments

Marcel Koller's Austria occupy third spot in Group C
Marcel Koller's Austria occupy third spot in Group C

Austria manager Marcel Koller has called on his players to up their performance level ahead of tomorrow's World Cup Qualifying Group C encounter against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.

Austria are the group's second top scorers with 11 goals so far and are ahead of Ireland courtesy of their far superior goal difference.

Thumping victories over Kazakhstan, and, on Friday against Faroe Islands, have certainly helped Koller's side, who are wary of the Irish threat.

"Ireland are a different standard than the Faroe Islands. Every player must be aware that it will be harder," he told reporters.

"We were a little bit too loose at times and did not keep our organisation as I would have liked. And if we slack off against strong teams like the Irish, they will strike. If they see an opportunity, they will bite.

"We will pick a team so that we can win. We want to win. But if a draw looks likely, we will take a point."

Germany boss Joachim Low has demanded his team remain focused for tomorrow's match against minnows Kazakhstan in Nuremberg.

Low's side were 3-0 victors against the same opposition on Friday, with the triumph seeing them go five points clear of second-placed Sweden, who have a game in hand.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller were all on target in Astana, but the former will be suspended for tomorrow's game.

Despite the Bayern Munich midfielder's absence, Germany should prove too strong for a Kazakhstan side who have picked up just one point from their opening five matches.

"If you score a victory away then there is the danger that you keep this in your head for some time," Low told reporters.

"We have to keep reminding the players that we are playing at home and we will only win if we have the right attitude."

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